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Bisola Aiyeola to host Family Feud Nigeria

Bisola Aiyeola

Nigerian actor Bisola Aiyeola has been named as the host of TV gameshow Family Feud Nigeria.

Family Feud sees two families go head-to-head answering simple survey questions. The Nigerian version is being produced by Ultima Studios.

Aired in the US since 1976 by networks including CBS and ABC, the show (aka Family Fortunes) is distributed internationally by Fremantle.

Aiyeola announced the casting news on Instagram, saying: “Ultima Studios auditioned over a 100 possible hosts, brought to you by Ultima Studios and MTN Nigeria. This is like a little dream come true for me because it’s been a long journey with my Ultima family here. What makes this really special for me is that this is a major milestone in my life.

“I am so excited for this journey with Ultima and MTN, seeing as we started out years ago with Project Fame West Africa.”

According to Aiyeola, she is also the first black female host on the 46-year-old format.

The show has been adapted in more than 50 markets. Family Feud Africa, hosted by Steve Harvey, is produced in South Africa by BBC-backed prodco Rapid Blue for broadcaster ETV, where is has aired since 2020. A Ghanaian version of Family Feud is also produced in South Africa and is broadcast on TV3 in Ghana, also with Harvey hosting.

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Ultima works on Nigerian Family Feud

Family Feud, the 45-year-old US gameshow format, is set to be adapted for Nigeria by Lekki-based production company Ultima Studios.

Ultima Studios produces local shows including Lions’ Den (aka Dragons’ Den), Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, now in its 13th season, and nine seasons of Project Fame West Africa.

Ultima acquired the format rights to Family Feud in 2018, as reported by Content Nigeria.

In Family Feud, two families comprising four members compete to name the most popular responses to gathered survey questions in order to win cash and prizes. A call has been put out for contestants to participate in this years’ edition. To apply, click here.

The producers took to Instagram to say: “Your favourite TV gameshow, Family Feud, is now in Nigeria! Win up to five million naira when you and four members of your family or friends register and play the TV gameshow!

“To win this money, two teams of five individuals each will compete by attempting to give the most popular answers to simple survey questions. The questions can be as simple as ‘What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?’ and the family that wins most points gets a chance to win this cash prize. It’s that simple.”

The show ,which has been on air since 1976, has been adapted in more than 50 international markets. Family Feud Africa, hosted by Steve Harvey, is produced in South Africa by BBC-backed prodco Rapid Blue for broadcaster ETV, where is has aired since 2020.

A Ghanaian version of Family Feud is also produced in South Africa and is broadcast on TV3 in Ghana, also with Harvey hosting. The format has aired in the UK as Family Fortunes and is distributed worldwide by Fremantle.

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Netflix renews South Africa’s Family Feud

Gameshow Family Feud South Africa

Netflix has boarded the second season of the South African version of gameshow Family Feud and will make the format available across 44 new countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Family Feud South Africa was first commissioned by free-to-air channel eTV and was exclusively aired in South Africa. The second season will continue to run on eTV in addition to the global SVoD platform.

Distributed internationally by Fremantle, the format pits families against each other as they compete to guess the most popular answers to survey questions in the hope of winning cash prizes.

The original US version of the format first aired on ABC in 1976 before switching to CBS in 1988 and then going into syndication from 1999.

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Nigeria unearths Sony’s Dragons’ Den

Lagos-based Ultima Studios has announced it will be producing the Nigerian adaption of TV gameshow Dragons’ Den, through a deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT).

Femi Ayeni

The Nigerian version will be called Lions’ Den. The format originated in Japan as Money Tigers before going on to be produced in 30 other countries, with names including Dragons’ Den, Shark Tank and Lions’ Den.

Contestants on the show pitch their business ideas to five entrepreneurial judges – called the Lions in the Nigerian version – who decide if their idea is profitable and worth investing in or not.

The pact continues Ultima’s relationship with SPT, as the two are already behind the Nigerian version of gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire? for the NTA network.

Ultima CEO Femi Ayeni told the press: “Ultima’s choice of Lions’ Den as its next venture is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians.

“The programme will not only provide exciting viewing for viewers at home but will also provide an opportunity for serious entrepreneurs to attract much-needed investment.

Mark Young

“Furthermore, as has been the case in all other countries where the show is running, it is not just the entrepreneurs but also the viewers at home that will benefit from the comments made by the Lions.”

Mark Young, SPT’s senior VP of distribution for the UK, Iberia and Africa, said: “Sony Pictures Television already has a fantastic and longstanding relationship with Ultima and we are thrilled to be working alongside them once more to bring Lions’ Den to Nigeria.

Ultima last year announced plans to launch the Nigerian adaptation of gameshow Family Feud. This week Ayeni confirmed the show was underway, following Ultima’s deal with rights holder FremantleMedia.

Ultima is yet to announce the launch date of these shows or the channels they will air on. Content Nigeria contacted the company, but is yet to get a response.

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Family Feud heads to Nigeria

Lagos-based production company Ultima has picked up rights to long-running US gameshow format Family Feud and plans to launch a Nigerian adaptation.

Ultima is the company behind the Nigerian version of popular TV gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Project Fame West Africa, but said its adaptation of Family Feud will gain more success than its previous shows.

“Ultima is ready to launch the format for Nigerian audience later in the year, and this move promises to be another success, even bigger than Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Project Fame West Africa and any other from our stables.”

The Nigerian version of Millionaire has aired on NTA since 2004, while talent show Project Fame West Africa, an adaptation of Fame Academy, has aired since 2008 in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone on broadcasters including TVC, MITV, DBN, SoundCity, ONTV and GetTV.

Family Feud, distributed by FremantleMedia International, is a gameshow in which two families of five contestants compete to name the most popular responses to survey questions in order to win cash prizes and goody bags. The original version premiered in 1976 on ABC in the US.

Ultima has yet to announce when Family Feud will be premiered or on which channels it will air. Ultima is one of the leading media production companies in sub-Saharan Africa, delivering end-to-end TV programmes, post-production facilities and multi-platform distribution channels.

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